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Highland Lakes Master Gardener Association Accepting Applications for Certification Course

Master Gardeners Ricky Lane (right) and Carolyn Crouchet discuss the best method for picking Brussels sprouts in the garden at The Helping Center of Marble Falls. The Highland Lakes Master Gardener Association manages the garden, which produced more than 3,000 pounds of fresh vegetables for the Marble Falls food pantry. It’s just one of the ways Master Gardeners make a difference in the community. The organization is hosting a 13-week certification class starting Feb. 15. Registration is open through Jan. 20. Staff photo by Daniel Clifton

BURNET — With spring approaching (yes, it is), we now turn our attention to our gardens. For many Highland Lakes residents, however, gardening isn’t a spring or fall activity; it’s something they do year-round, even if they’re just flipping through the seed catalog as winter winds howl outside.

If you’re looking to step up your gardening game this year, consider becoming a Master Gardener. And wouldn’t you know it, the Highland Lakes Master Gardener Association is holding a 13-week Master Gardener class.

The HLMGA is accepting applications for the class through Saturday, Jan. 20. You can register at the association’s website ( If you’re wondering why you’d want to take a 13-week course, well, it’s because this one really gets down and dirty into gardening and just about everything related.

The course starts Feb. 15 and continues Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. at the Burnet County AgriLife Extension office, 607 N. Vandeveer St. in Burnet. There will be field trips and meetings in other locations.

The course gives participants a strong background in horticulture principles with an emphasis on conservation, sustainability, and community services.

One goal of the Master Gardeners is to be a community resource.

Master Gardeners perform 50 hours of community service each year through organization projects.

The cost of the class is $150, which covers resource materials, a T-shirt, and field trips. There will be several speakers, demonstrations, and test gardens.

Go to the above website to download the application and background check form. Contact Amy Parke at (254) 833-2720 or with questions or for more information.

Remember, this course is held only once a year, so get your application in now.

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